Auditions: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee

Footlighters Theater in Berwyn, PA is excited to announce open auditions for 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.

The show is a riotous musical comedy centering around six spelling virtuosos, all of whom are vying for the coveted spelling bee championship and all its spoils. With a hysterical book by Rachel Sheinkin and an upbeat score by William Finn, the show received both Tony and Drama Desk Awards during its Broadway run, which lasted for more than 1,000 performances.

Audition Dates
Sunday December 16th 6:00-9:00pm
Monday December 17th 7:00-10:00pm

Please email to reserve an audition day/time, or with any questions you may have.

Audition Requirements
All auditioners are asked to prepare one complete musical theatre song in the style of the show and to bring sheet music in the correct key. If the auditioner is wishing to be considered for a specific role please prepare a song that character sings.

Roles are available for four men and four women with an additional role that could be male or female. Singing is required for all roles, but the character of Mr. Panch does not require a strong singing voice. Please see character descriptions below for details.

We hope to see you there!


Performance Details

April 26th through May 18th
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm and Sundays at 2pm
Rehearsals will run 3 times per week (Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sunday evenings)

Footlighters of Berwyn is a membership based organization, all roles are open and non-paid.

Production Team
Director: Danielle Lachall
Music Director: Wesley T. Stohler
Choreography : Katrina Brown
Producer: Sue Scott


Character Descriptions and Vocal Ranges

The Spellers (Typically actors in the 20’s to 40’s age range)

William Barfee
Eb3 – Bb4 Tenor
A finalist in last year’s Bee, he spells using his “magic foot” and has no interest in making friends at the bee.

Olive Ostrovsky
B3 – F5 Soprano
The heart of the show, Olive is basically deserted at the bee. Her mom is in ashram in India and her dad never shows up, even after promising that, this time, he’ll try to make it. Her best friend is a dictionary.

Leaf Coneybear
A2 – G4 Baritone or Tenor
As just the second runner-up in his district’s bee, he really shouldn’t be competing here. He makes his own clothes, is home schooled with his hippy parents and siblings, and lacks social skills. He’s strange but very sweet, loving, and kindhearted but distracted.

Marcy Park
B3 – E5 Soprano/Mezzo-Soprano
Marcy is the most feared and practiced competitor in the bee. She made it all the way to ninth place in Nationals last year and is back to win again. She sleeps three hours a night, speaks six languages, and does not recognize her own lack of humor. She is incredibly intense.

Logaine Schwartzandgrubenierre
C4 – D5 Soprano
Logaine is the youngest and most politically-aware speller, often making comments about current political figures and her mature world views. She has two overbearing gay dads who have turned her neurotic and self-conscious. She speaks with a lisp though has a real confidence about her at times.

Chip Tolentino
C3 – B4 Tenor
Last year’s Putnam County champ who begins to learn the ups and downs of puberty during the bee. He is strong willed, competitive, ambitious, and – most of all – very horny. This role has some of the most difficult singing in the show and requires long sustained high notes.

The ‘Adults’ (Typically actors from age 25 to 50)

Vice Principal Douglas Panch
Non-singing (but can be added to ensemble numbers if actor can sing)
He was involved in an “incident” at the Twentieth Annual Bee that got him removed from the judging panel. He returns this year in “a better place,” thanks to a high-fiber diet and Jungian analysis. He is infatuated with Rona Lisa Peretti. Impeccable comic timing and the ability to improv are both needed for this character.

Rona Lisa Peretti
C4 – A5 Soprano
This former Spelling Bee champ is not only the county’s top realtor, she also runs a highly lucrative eBay business, selling sensible pumps at sensible prices. She is incredibly kind to the spellers, having been in their shoes many years earlier. Should have both a high belt and improv skills. Along with Panch, she guides the comedy of the show and the audience volunteers.

Mitch/Madge Mahoney
E3 – A4 (B4) Tenor
This former felon is fulfilling his/her court ordered community service at the bee and acting as the bee’s “comfort counselor,” handing out juice boxes and a dose of reality to the losers. He/she comes across as scary and tough but is really a big softy deep down.

Wesley Stohler
Wesley Stohler

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